Pompeo postpones meet with Kim aide

Pompeo postpones meet with Kim aide

"We're very happy how it's going with North Korea", Trump said at a White House press conference on Tuesday's midterm elections, adding that the meeting will be rescheduled.

The exact reason for the postponement was unclear.

The State Department had earlier confirmed that Pompeo would meet Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of Kim, in NY to discuss progress toward a denuclearisation pact and to arrange a second summit following the historic talks between Trump and Kim in June.

Instead of following through on that, in recent days North Korea has been criticizing the USA over its sanctions, threatening last Friday to bring back its "byongjin" policy - advancing its nuclear arsenal and economic development at the same time.

"Ongoing conversations continue to take place", Nauert said in the statement, which came amid USA midterm elections.

"What remains to be done is the USA corresponding reply", it added.

A senior South Korean Foreign Ministry official familiar with the talks said Wednesday, "Our government had been looking forward to the North-U.S. high-level talks to bring about actual measures for the denuclearization and establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, hence we think it is regrettable that they are not taking place".

"It's a lot easier when the North Koreans are misbehaving, that tends to promote solidarity between Washington and Seoul", Russel said.

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"This announcement of the postponement at the last minute is not a good sign because it indicates that the negotiations are not progressing well enough to allow the holding of the meeting", he said.

North Korea is getting increasingly angry at the USA, as talks are deadlocked and tensions between the two countries are on the rise, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN.

The diplomacy comes a year after fears mounted of war, with Trump threatening "fire and fury" after Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

The New York meeting comes with the two sides at loggerheads almost five months after the summit, in which Trump and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. Moon's office said the USA notified the government of the delay before the public announcement.

South Korea's foreign ministry said the meeting delay was "regrettable" but insisted that "excessively pessimistic interpretation was unnecessary".

Its leader, Kim Jong Un, has spoken of his hopes for reform of North Korea's economy and has looked to examples in the region. But that was in early October, and since then there have been no working level discussions.

"If Democrats take issue with a range of issues, the Trump administration could be distracted and lose its energy and time to efficiently focus on dealing with the North Korea issue".

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